Sunday, June 28, 2015

Weekend Gouache Sketches

A couple of Gouache sketches done over the weekend in my sketchbook.

It used to bother me that this medium that I love to work in so much is not given more respect. I've had work rejected from online art groups because they looked upon this medium as the kind of paint children use in elementary school. Never mind that its been used by artist like Durer, Menzel and Homer. Now I could care less. There are a few mediums I work in, both traditionally and digitally and gouache is one of my favorites.

Like I said these were painted in my sketchbook. one of the reasons I love the medium so much is because I can paint on any good piece of paper and its as portable as watercolor (which it is) and as opaque as oils. The best of both worlds. The fact that its so portable makes it easy to set up when I'm home too. This is helpful when I don't have a lot of time to work.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Rebelle Digital Painting Software Follow Up

Just following up on my previous post about painting digital watercolor using a software called Rebelle.

Bellow is a YouTube video I posted on my channel where you can see the unique features of this program. I talk a bit about the program but I am new to it. It is real easy to use out the box though and the more I get used to it the more I will share about it.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Rebelle the Perfect Digital Watercolor Software

Reading through the magazine ImagineFx I found an article on an application called Rebelle. I purchased the program after reading the review and looking at some videos on YouTube that give a hint of what it can do.

I was most impressed with its watercolor brush. No other painting application has a brush that so closely mimics how watercolors behave. It was perfect. Best of all it is not very pricey, $59.99.

The brush behaves the way watercolors actually behave when applied on wet paper or dry paper. It spreads and blend with the other colors, it drips and you can dry the canvas to prevent it from going to far. You can tilt the canvas and the paint will drip in the direction of the tilt. There are no filters, there's no need because the brush mimics watercolor so well. You can also paint using a dry brush on a wet or dry surface.

These paintings are my first attempts using this brush. They are more play and exploration of the program than anything serious, but they were fun to do..

I still have a lot to learn about Rebelle, there are other types of brushes too, but no other program has a watercolor brush like this. That alone was worth the money.

Rebelle is made by Escape Motions and can be purchased here .

Bellow are two YouTube videos that demonstrate the software.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Just Keep Drawing

I've read many articles about artist block and what people do to overcome it

Right now I don't have a clue as to what I'm going to work on next, but I'm not stuck. That's what sketchbooks are for. I just sit down and make a bunch of random sketches, pull out reference photo's, look in a mirror and do a self portrait, draw from imagination, ask one of my family members to pose or go outside and sketch.

An idea will come and when it does there will be no rust to shake off because of the constant sketching.

In my sketchbook I work in a variety of media. Pencil, pen and ink, brush and ink and wash, watercolor (transparent and opaque). This keeps it fun and interesting.

Oh, and digital sketches too. Mostly done in Sketchbook Pro.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sketching Habits

 Sometimes I'm so tired when I get back home from work that I don't want to sit down right away and draw.

What I do is put all of my drawing materials on my desk- pencils, brushes, pens, ink, watercolors, etc. Then I open my sketchbook to a clean page and leave it on the table as well. After a while I will find myself sitting in front of the blank page and I just start making a bunch of random drawings either from my imagination, memory or from some reference that I shot.

I have a box with a bunch of reference photos that I've taken myself. This comes in very handy when I'm stumped about what to draw. I also work from memory or imagination. I can get ideas of what to sketch from something that I've read, a movie I saw or something that I've seen while going about my day.

When I get too tired to continue I leave everything on the drawing table and return to it in the early morning before I start getting ready to leave to go to work.

Thursday, June 11, 2015


Draw everywhere and all the time. An artist is a sketchbook with a person attached. (Irwin Greenberg)

Everyday I come back home from work and after  taking a few minutes to talk to the wife and kids I head straight for my drawing table. I spend the rest of the evening in my sketchbook, or at least I try to.

 'You can't do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh.' (John Singer Sargent)

I also use my lunch hour to sketch. I have the luxury of being able to close my door so that no one would disturb me as I gulp down a quick lunch and spend the remainder of the time drawing in my sketchbook. I've also gone out to a nearby park to sketch. They have removed most of the benches for people to sit on but I have a portable chair I will bring along this summer.

The bottom two sketches were done on my IPad. The drawing (which was done on the train ride home) is done in an app called Bamboo and the painting was done in an app called ArtRage.